Wearables are one of today’s biggest tech trends. For the uninitiated, “wearables” is the collective term for all the smart gadgets that are worn like regular accessories (e.g. Google Glass, Apple Watch, Fitbit bands, etc). Wearables are so hot right now, even non-tech companies want in. Enter the wearable banana.
Dole, the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables, has been a major sponsor of the Tokyo Marathon since 2008. For this year’s race, they felt they could do more than just hand out ordinary bananas. Engineers slipped an LED display, sensors, and a small battery into each piece of fruit, allowing it to tell runners their elapsed time and heart rate. And best of all, you can it eat when you are done. This is the selling feature, because the last time I ate a Jawbone Up, I was met with explosive diarrhea.